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Ireland launches “The Community Call” in major nationwide volunteering effort

The Community Call, a major initiative that links local and national Government with the community and voluntary sectors, was announced today by Government.

The Community Call is an unprecedented mobilisation of both state and voluntary resources to combat the effects of COVID-19.

The purpose of the Community Call is to coordinate community activity, direct community assistance to where it is needed, and marshal the volunteering energy of the country. 

The immediate focus is on the elderly and the most vulnerable, and mobilising rapid response in every county to make sure everyone is looked after. In the coming weeks the focus will expand to broader the well being of our society and how communities can work together to help the country through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Community Call was announced today by the Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD, the Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan TD, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly who represented the Local Authorities.

Speaking at the launch this morning, An Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD said:

"We are all finding it very strange to be home and to be keeping away from our family and community. But those that are vulnerable or in need of a bit of help need to know that they are not alone. The government is tapping into the reach of our local authorities in every corner of Ireland as well as the extraordinary dedication of a legion of voluntary groups and charities. For those who need some help, it is there for you."

Speaking at today’s event, Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, praised the outstanding contribution of the community and voluntary sector to the national effort to address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis:

"Since the very start of this emergency, the community and voluntary sector has been working on the ground and also at national level with my department, to prepare for the Community Response which we are outlining today. One of our greatest assets in this country is the strength of our local, community and voluntary networks.

"We are now asking that those networks – formal and informal – be mobilised so that everyone in our communities can look after each other. If your neighbours or relatives are required to stay at home – check with them to see if they need supports. And if you are in that category yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help - whether it’s with shopping, fuel delivery, collecting medicines or any other necessities of daily life. The Local Authority helpline is there as a safety net, to ensure that everyone is looked after."

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The Community Call will be overseen and managed locally by our Local Authorities, led by the county Chief Executives. The CEOs, the most senior public official in every county, have been tasked with making this work, and are leading a dedicated community Forum in each county to coordinate and connect the wide range of services and supports that area available. The forum involves an extensive list of state and voluntary organisations.

A dedicated phone line is now operational in every county and the national number 0818 222 024 is also now in operation.

The following is the list of each local authority’s helpline phone numbers.

Local Authority

Community Response Number

Carlow County Council

1800 814 300

Cavan County Council

1800 300 404

Clare County Council

1890 252 943

Cork City Council

1800 222 226

Cork County Council

1800 805 819

Donegal County Council

1800 928 982

Dublin City Council

01 222 8555

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

01 271 3199

Fingal County Council

01 890 5000

Galway City Council

1800 400 150

Galway County Council

1800 928 894 and 091 509 390

Kerry County Council

1800 807 009

Kildare County Council

045 980 202

Kilkenny County Council

1800 500 000

Laois County Council

1800 832 010

Leitrim County Council

071 965 0473

Limerick City and County Council

1800 832 005

Longford County Council

043 334 4255

Louth County Council

1800 805 817

Mayo County Council

094 906 4660